For thousands of years, one of the most important medicinal mushrooms on Earth has been the Chaga mushroom.
This astounding mushroom can inhibit free-radical oxidation, and produce interferons, which help induce the repair of damage DNA. They have this ability, because substances in the mushrooms contribute to the decrease of hypoxia, and the increase of the stability of the organism by correcting the metabolism of the cells. On top of this, it contains anti-cancer properties such as betulin and betulinic acid.
Many may see this as another in a long line of ‘miracle cures’ that have come and gone over the past few decades. However, the difference with the Chaga mushroom, which is found in Russia, Korea, Eastern Europe, the Northern areas of the United States and the North Carolina mountains, is that it has been used for thousands of years as medicine. In fact, the earliest known evidence of Chaga being used by humans comes from the “Ice Man”, a 5,600-year-old man found in the Italian Alps last century. It was documented in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, in 100 BC and proclaimed by the Chinese monk Shen Nong, as a superior class of medicinal herb.
On top of that, there are countless records of the Chaga mushroom being used in folk medicine and botanical medicine in Eastern Europe to treat cancer, ulcers, tuberculosis and gastritis, since the 16th century.
Not surprisingly, this little herb has been called both a “Gift From God” and “King of Herbs”. It is purported to help preserve the youth of individuals, promote longevity and boost the immune system of the individual who takes it on a regular basis, which can be done orally through tea or powder, as well as inhaled as smoke, or applied to the skin to heal rashes and injuries.
For anyone who is worried about suffering from health problems, or is concerned about old age, this miracle mushroom will calm your fears and help you live a life in excess of 100 years in some cases. While this may seem like empty promises, but unlike other ‘wonder herbs’, this one has the studies to back it up.
In 1958, studies in Finland and Russia found that the mushroom provided an epochal effect against breast cancer, liver cancer, uterine cancer, gastric cancer, hypertension and diabetes.
In 1998, another study was done, this time in Poland, where researchers found that Chaga could inhibit tumor growth because the betulin in the mushroom worked selectively on tumor cells because the interior pH of the tumor tissues was lower than that of normal issues, and betulinic acid is only active at lower levels. As well, the year before it was found in another study that the betulinic acid actually induces programmed cell death in the tumors.
In 2005, a study found that not only does the Chaga mushroom protect against oxidative damage to the DNA of human lympocytes, it also produces an indirect anti-cancer effects via immuno-stimulation.
This amazing mushroom, or King of Herbs, has been used for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world. It is not hard to see why, it is considered to be one of the best chances people have to derail cancer cells, increase life-spans and create general feelings of well-being.
Increasingly, more and more scientists are realizing that nature holds the answers to curing the diseases that plague us. They are beginning to look back at the old folk medicines, and they those ‘old wives tales’ of certain herbs, may have been right.